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When trying to transfer pdfs from computer to Galaxy Note II, Samsung Kies reports 'No App to read file'. I have several pdf readers including adobe for android and downloads direct to Note 2 work fine.

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You state a fact, but miss to ask a question. I assume you want to ask "How to transfer PDFs from my computer to my Android device?" -- see my answer below for this. If you rather wanted to ask why Kies acts like that, or how to fix Kies -- maybe you ask again ;) –  Izzy Dec 27 '12 at 22:09
    
If you know to use ADB: simply adb FILE.pdf /sdcard/FOLDER –  Jared Burrows Dec 28 '12 at 21:01

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There are multiple ways to copy files between your computer and your Android device:

  • simply connect the two using an USB cable, and mount your Android device's storage to the computer -- then deal with it like with any other drive
  • create "shared folders" on your computer, and use an Android app which can deal with them, like e.g. ES File Explorer File Manager
  • Use an app which can share your Android device to your computer, for even more manageability -- like e.g. AirDroid
  • use cloud services like e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive which are accessible from both, your computer and your Android device, to share documents between the two
  • lame, but also listed for completeness: Send the files to your Google Mail account, and then save the attachments from the GMail app

Far from being complete -- but it should give you an idea of what's possible.

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you can simply send them by bluetooth

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I think @Izzy left bluetooth out because not all computers are bluetooth-enabled (even though the usb bluetooth caps cost $2). But welcome to Android Enthusiasts. –  Mindwin Oct 3 at 12:43
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That was one of the reasons. Two more are: for bigger files, it's a pain – and OP might even end up with the same issue (BT has issues with file extensions it doesn't "know" sometimes). So if you say "you can simply do this", I assume you've done so successfully? If so, please include that with your answer. –  Izzy Oct 3 at 15:34

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